I will start off by saying Jonathon Toews and Anze Kopitar are both quality players. Indeed, they both produce offensively for their respective teams, and they are talented in the defensive aspect of the game. But to put them in the same category as Patrice Bergeron when talking about the best two-way forward in the NHL is unfair.
For the last five seasons, who has head coach Claude Julien put out on the ice when the Boston Bruins need to kill off a crucial penalty or win a face-off in the defensive zone? Bergeron, and it goes without saying that Bergy is on the ice whenever the B’s are in desperate need of a goal.
According to a report by NHL.com, Bergeron led the league in face-offs with 1,015, which is the most by any player in the last seven seasons. He led the NHL in plus-minus with a rating of +36, and he also led all Bruins in shorthanded time. Bergy is the reason the Bruins earned the second best defensive record in the league.
Besides being nominated for the trophy the last three years, Bergeron should win the Selke because of his consistency since joining the B’s organization in 2003 and his leadership over that time. Bergeron is one of the most respected players, and he earned that title by being one of the most well round players Bruins fans have ever seen.
Bergeron’s vision on the ice is second to none. Whether it is back checking and disrupting an odd man rush or giving his teammates a lift, Bergeron can always be relied on. That is why he is the most valuable player in the NHL, and deserves the 2014 Selke Trophy.